Posted on: 11 March, 2019
Application deadline: May 2, 2019
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy and School of Business, Ireland
Applications are invited for a temporary 3-year, full-time postdoctoral appointment in European integration and employment relations, starting on 1st September 2019 or by agreement.
You will be a member of our ERC funded research team on the EU’s new economic governance regime (NEG) and the contradictory trajectories for trade unions and social movements it is opening. The ERC project focuses on the way in which European trade unions and new social movements in the public transport, water, and health care sectors respond to the EU’s new economic governance regime. Until very recently, European labour politics has been shaped mainly by EU ‘horizontal’ market integration through the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people. Since the Euro crisis, however, the latter has been complemented by ‘vertical’ hierarchical integration effected through the direct surveillance of member states’ macroeconomic policies, including industrial relations and public services provision. The resulting new EU economic governance regime (NEG) opens contradictory possibilities for labour politics in Europe. Are unions and social movements politicising NEG along national or (transnational) class divides?
This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.
In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:
- Contribute to research-led teaching (15% of working time).
- Contribute to the analysis of the EU’s NEG interventions in the area of wage bargaining and the provision of public services (health care, water, and transport services); and the activities of selected national and EU-level trade unions and social movements in response to them.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult those policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/. We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
Salary range: €37,223 – €43,029 per annum Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator.
- Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or Institute, or the University.
- Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of your Principal Investigator.
- Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute.
- Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your School and Institute.
- Carry out administrative work associated with your programme of research.
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.
- PhD in Industrial Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology, Social Anthropology, European studies, or cognate disciplines.
- A demonstrated commitment to research and publications
- An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project
- Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and ability to outline a research project.
- Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc)
- Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines
- Knowledge of EU politics and European industrial relations, trade unions, social movements and labour politics at national and EU levels, depending on selected fieldwork locations.
- Proficiency in relevant European languages, depending on selected fieldwork locations.
- Candidates must demonstrate an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.
The PD1 position is intended for early stage researchers, either just after completion of a PhD or for someone entering a new area for the first time. If you have already completed your PD1 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD1, or you are an external applicant whose total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 4 years, you should not apply and should refer to PD2 posts instead.
Additional desirable criteria can be included by the PI as required
- Teaching experience in the subject area of the research project.
- Understanding of the methodological challenges posed by NEG for classical country-by-country comparative research designs.
- Experience of transnational research methods (i.e. multi-sited fieldwork, etc.).
- Experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment.
- Experience in setting own research agenda.
Further Information for Candidates
Supplementary information The University: http://www.ucd.ie/about-ucd/ The College: http://www.ucd.ie/collegesandschools/business/ The School: https://www.smurfitschool.ie/facultyresearch/subjectareas/humanresourcemanagementandemploymentrelations/ The Principal Investigator https://people.ucd.ie/roland.erne The Project: https://www.erc-europeanunions.eu/ and https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1024258918770046 and https://researchrepository.ucd.ie/handle/10197/9272
UCD offers a comprehensive Research Careers Framework in line with the Advisory Science Council Report ‘Towards a Framework for Researcher Careers’. This model provides a structured and supportive Career and Skills Development system designed to ensure that Post-docs in UCD are able to plan their careers and prepare for future opportunities in academia, industry or the public sector. For more information, please click here
Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 2nd May 2019
To apply select external UCD vacancies on http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/ and then search for School of Business.
Relocation Expenses: Will not apply Garda Vetting required: No
Informal Enquiries ONLY to: Roland Erne, Professor of European Integration and Employment Relations, Roland.Erne@ucd.ie, +353 1 716 4746
Eligibility to compete and certain restrictions on eligibility
Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER): It is a condition of the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER) as set out in Department of Finance Circular 12/09 that retirees, under that Scheme, are debarred from applying for another position in the same employment or the same sector. Therefore, such retirees may not apply for this position
Department of Health and Children Circular (7/2010): The Department of Health Circular 7/2010 dated 1 November 2010 introduced a Targeted Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) Scheme and Voluntary Redundancy Schemes (VRS). It is a condition of the VER scheme that persons availing of the scheme will not be eligible for reemployment in the public health sector or in the wider public service or in a body wholly or mainly funded from public moneys. The same prohibition on re-employment applies under the VRS, except that the prohibition is for a period of 7 years, after which time any reemployment will require the approval of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. People who availed of either of these schemes are not eligible to complete in this competition.
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